Lower Back Pain
What is lower back pain?
Lower back pain is pain typically felt between the top of the buttocks and the lower rib cage. It can range from a mild dull ache in nature to acute sharp, shooting or stabbing pain. It can affect any age group but is more prevalent in adults.
What causes lower back pain?
Lower back pain may be a result of a number of conditions and illness. It is usually the result of musculoskeletal or ‘mechanical’ strain (this is commonly caused by strain to the joints, muscles or nerves). However it can also be caused by underlying issues not necessarily related to the back itself such as gastrointestinal, gynaecological or renal (kidney) problems. It is for this reason that you should get a professional assessment for back pain particularly if it is worsening or persistent.
What are the symptoms of lower back pain?
Lower back pain is itself a symptom rather than a condition. However typically pain is either aching or sharp. Patients suffering lower back pain will normally feel stiffness and restriction in movement. It can often be worse when sitting for long periods or after driving. Pain may radiate into the buttocks or down the leg towards the ankle.
What are the treatment options for lower back pain?
The treatment required is dependent on the cause of the lower back pain. Usually mechanical lower back pain is improved through manual therapy such as osteopathy, chiropractic, physiotherapy or massage. Your GP will often prescribe anti-inflammatory or pain relief medication. Patients rarely require surgery for lower back pain.
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